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Hoppyum IPA - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Reviews: 327
Hads: 1,289
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 40
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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: oberon on 12-29-2005

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Photo of NCalement
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Light amber color with a soapy head that holds well. Has some particulate matter throughout.

S- Fresh hops, pine, citrus, a little sweet malt towards the end.

T- Great balance between bitter hops and citrus flavors. Finish is bitter with a piney aftertaste. Sweet malt throughout that helps wash it down. Bitter soap is left behind.

M- Very good for the style. It has a medium-light body with good carbonation.

O- A good IPA from Foothills that I find myself going to time and time again. The sediment found in this bottle, in fact the whole 12pk, is not usually present in others I've had. (640 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, caramel-copper coloring with a thin halo of white head. Nose of deep, resinous hops, bitter and piney throughout. Flavors are more malt forward, with rich caramel and roasted notes. Bitter hop character provides a dark, oily backbone. Smooth bodied, with a drying finish. The aftertaste is oily and resinous, with subtle citrus notes, too. Different and tasty. (423 characters)

Photo of SylviaFaye
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bubbly three-finger head rests atop of a golden honey body. Foothills definitely knows how to make an attractive looking beer. The nose is lightly hoppy and grassy with a floral edge. The taste, at first sweet and delicate like dandelion tea bursts into lightly-hopped, slightly medicinal, grassy notes at the finish. The bitterness does not overpower the initial flavors, creating an harmonious balance of naughty and nice.

I can still remember the first time that I had this IPA on a cold Halloween evening in 2011 with a cute guy pulled close to me on the couch at a crowded bar. It set the mood then, and it's certainly giving me considerable pleasure now, even after 3 years. Way to go Foothills! This one's a winner! (726 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured bottle no date into New Belguim globe

A-Bright gold color with a one finger head. Good lacing throughout

S-Nose of caramel, grain, some grapefruit and pine.

T-Favor is toasty and biscuity malts with some mild citrus and flowery hops.

M-Medium body, solid bitterness. Sweet and malty with a dry finish.

O-A very good IPA beer pretty inexpensive (356 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a hazy copper color. There's about a finger worth of white-colored head, retaining itself decently. A thin collar remains around the glass, leaving some spotty lacing behind.

S: I have to say, the malt backbone here is pretty interesting. It's bringing brown sugar, candy, caramel, and even some cherry esters - when combined with the grapefruity hops, it's almost like a low-ABV barleywine. I'm not always a fan of malty IPAs, but these guys did a good job making this work.

T: The initial grapefruit tasted on the palate quickly turns herbal/floral near the finish. It's fairly bitter, but not so much to where it's oppressive. Post-swallow, it becomes slightly malty, revealing an aftertaste of toffee, caramel, candied sugar, and even the occasional ester. I'd reckon this is a bit more complex than the typical IPA.

M: Fairly crisp and decently carbonated, if a bit full bodied for my tastes. The bitterness scrubs away some - but not all - of the sweetness off the palate. It isn't super drinkable, but it's a nice one to savor.

O: This is a reasonably delicious IPA I'd buy semi-regularly if it were more locally available. I like that the malt backbone actually adds to the beer instead of distracting from the hops in particular. Good stuff. (1,300 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy orange with an off white head. Very noticeable, pleasant malt presence, spicy citrusy hop bitterness, nice bit of piney hops there too, and some other light floral notes. Taste is a nice combination of piney and citrusy hops, a little sweet, and a nice malt backbone bringing it all together. Well balanced, fairly simple, but still pretty tasty. (368 characters)

Photo of outdoor7or24
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into sniffer glass. Don B gave me the bottle....
A: pours a rich copper color, thick frothy khaki color+1 finger head, carbonation, sediment suspended
S: the aroma is my favorite part, its a sweet bouquet of caramel, citrus, apple, fruity, brown sugar, just fresh all around
M: medium body, slightly chewy
T: slight caramel, grapefruit, orange rind, ginger ale, citrus, hops, bitterness, crisp dry finish, hop head enjoyment
O: wow I'm impressed, sign me up a subscription to this brew as the aroma and flavor are great, truly a fine brew. (559 characters)

Photo of RedMosquito1
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Foothills is one of the breweries local to my area (central NC). Recently had my first Hoppyum at a "beer dinner" in which beers are paired with various food courses.

A: Typical IPA appearance: copper color, 2-finger head at the pour, some lacing.
S: Citrusy and piney. Very pungent. Awesome. What you want an IPA to smell like.
T: Solid hoppy flavor from start to finish. Very aggressive hops at the front with some grapefruit at the mid-palate. Nice bitterness throughout, but especially at the end.
M: Silky, which was surprising. Not overly dry, but very the dryness is evident.
O: Very enjoyable IPA, with some real complexity. Surprising "pop" of hops in the nose. (676 characters)

Photo of watermelon
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft at Grays Tavern in Greensboro NC $3.75 for a pint

A: Golden orange color with a white head that left a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Citrus and hops not very strong though.

T: More citrus in the taste fairly malty for an IPA

M: Went down easy, and lacked the IPA bitterness that Im used to. Right amount of carbonation.

O: This is alright I probably wont buy it again. Its a solid starter IPA if your new to craft beer. Nothing really makes this stand out. (485 characters)

Photo of qchic
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An assertive pour resulted in some floaties throughout the copper beer. An initial two finger off white head fades to a smattering. Nice aroma of sweet tangerine and caramel, whereas the flavor is far drier with hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue. There are hints of tropical fruit and almond. The alcohol is slightly noticeable in this medium bodied brew. It's a drinkable, middle of the road IPA. (405 characters)

Photo of mntlover
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange color seems bottle conditioned as some light floaters around. Nice two finger cream colored head falls slowly with decent lace.

Aroma is nice fruity citrus along with some pine under notes. Malt is caramel based with only light sweetness in the nose.

Taste is light caramel malt loaded with citrus hops some fruity notes and bitterness.Finish is dry with lingering grapefruit rind and lingering pine resin in the finish. A normal big C hop type IPA. Pretty tasty brew can't believe I have not reviewed till now as I have had several times. Not on my normal IPA rotation but a pretty good localish IPA.

Mouthfeel is light side of medium with pretty mellow carbonation for an IPA, I like it.

Overall a solid brew maybe I will have to have more often. Really need to do a blind taste test of IPA's to see which one I really like the best. (859 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a sixer for $8.99 at the Food Lion while vacationing at Massanutten last week.

Beer poured amber orange with a decent white head.

Nose is floral hops, hints of cat pee, and toasted malts.

Taste is caramel and toasted malts and it gets overtaken by citrus hops. Toasted malted are stronger in this brew than most in this style.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth for the style.

Overall this is a solid IPA that was slightly different with the emphasis on the caramel/toasted malts versus the standard pale malt that is usually offered with this style. (568 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice gold color, 2 fingers of soapy white head, nice lacing as well.
S - Very floral, nice crackery malt, but the aroma is really weak.
T - Big time floral bitterness, some pine, big grapefruit in the end.
M - A tad watery, and more dry bitterness.
O - Not bad, unique for what it is, but a far cry from great. (346 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> Grand Teton Brewing snifter

A - pours up medium gold with nice off white head, okay retention, and lots of lacing

S - floral, citrus, pine, resin, what do you expect?

T - follows the nose with some notes of honey

M - lingering bitterness, adequate carbonation.

O - a nice offering that I would be happy to revisit (340 characters)

Photo of jploving
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a long hard Friday and Saturday night w/ no beer, Sunday welcomed a new beggining....Foothills Brewing Co. Hoppyyum IPA...bought in NC.
I put the chicken quarters on the smoker, popped open a 22 oz bottle and poured it into my 22 oz homebrew glass...
Very nice orange hue w/ white foamy head...
I would say the body compliments the ABV perfectly.
Very floral scent-very similar to Harpoon IPA only a bit more bold.
It also tastes very similar to Harpoon-floral, piney...mild citrus and a bit of peach...
Bitterness is immediate and lingers a bit after each swallow.
Very good beer and if it were available in my area, I would be a repeat buyer. Pick one up if you have not had one.
I rate it 3.9 (702 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a small white head.

The smell is citrus hops, oranges, lemon and grapefruit.

The taste is bitter, there are some citrus flavours but the bitterness overpowers the flavour.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with fairly high carbonation.

This is a very bitter ipa, I felt this would have been better if the citrus flavour wasn't hidden by the bitterness. Not too bad but I'm not going to look this out. (426 characters)

Photo of Amalak
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A. It's a clear gold with some bubbles throughout and a one finger head and a little bit of lacing.
S. a mild hoppy and lemon scent.
T/m. It's a grassy IPA with a mild hop bitterness and some floral undertones. Medium bodied and carbonated.
O. Very refreshing and flavorful. Quite nice.

Had at sharkys in Raleigh. (314 characters)

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single ($1.75) from Bruisin Ales while passing through Asheville. No freshness date, but bought locally, so hopefully it's in good shape.

A: Nice bronze-orange glow. Clearly filtered. Very little head.

S: Decidedly tropical. Peach is prominent. Maybe a little mango. There's a clean, bready aroma as well.

T: The flavors of the nose are all there, but each is significantly more muted, which is a disappointment. This drinks a big more like a clean APA.

M: Thin and lacking.

O: This is close to a very good IPA, but the thin body and failure of the taste to match the aroma are weaknesses. (604 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple bottles while on vacation and had it on tap sitting on the pier for lunch. Review is based off this final bottle.

12 oz brown bottle with the Hoppyum label sitting beautifully on the front and a nice description on the back. I really enjoy this label with its green and oranges and dark reds sitting on a black outline. The hop cones are the logo for this label and it looks grand. Foothills Brewing logo sits to the side of the cones. Poured this into a standard American pint glass.

A - golden color with hints of golden copper like but definitely gold being the main color. A soap sudsy white head actually had some good mass to it. Head was thin looking and sudsy despite its size. It left a clumpy ring of sudsy lacing and surprisingly had good stickiness.

S - massive hop aroma. Pineapples, grapefruits, slight orange fruitiness with some pine resin. Caramel malt provided a slightly sweet character in the back drop. Very big hop aroma.

T - not quite as hoppy as the nose would suggest. The same notes come through but in a more laid back manner. Pineapple, orange, and grapefruit take hold of the fruitiness it has to offer with a resinous pine staking claim to the bitter notes. Caramel malt is a bit more pronounced than in the nose which gives the flavor more of a balanced sweet fruitiness rather than a hop showcase like the nose suggested. A nice flavor though.

M - medium bodied and crisp. This brew may have looked like golden soap water with a big sudsy head on the pour but it really has some nice flavors going on and the palate is very well balanced. Pretty good texture in the feel and has some coating to it.

O - the first time I poured this I didn't expect much. I figured a way too hop forward ipa from a small brewery that would have needed going in the sink. Boy was I shocked. The nose suggests it has those hop flavors we love while the flavors offer up a more relaxed and balanced experience. It's not something you'll be driving 500 miles for, but if you are in the North Carolina area often as I am you'll be missing out on a pretty darn good ipa if you don't grab Hoppyum. This was the brew that put Foothills on my watch list and frankly that doesn't happen often. (2,223 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this one missed the mark for me. on tap at the charlotte airport, it pours a muggy looking yellow color, cloudy and thicker, with just a half inch of pure white foam. it smells fine, like an alpha heavy ipa with a little too much yeast. bitter and big, not woody or pine family, but citric and some curious notes of green apple. the taste throws me though, very metallic and mineral heavy, like brutally hard water or something. the aftertaste is almost gross in this regard, although the intelligent use of hops does come through still. its just too late for this, the metal funk on the end ruined the rest of the beer for me. light and clean in body and feel, but that off taste cant be conquered. im not sure of it comes from bad water, incomplete fermentation, being stale, dirty lines, or whatever else, and I will certainly try this again, maybe bottle format, but it turned me off quite a bit. I still think the base beer is good though, and its some other issue. I will revisit this one, but for nine bucks a pour at the airport, I need better. (1,052 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a dank, thick, burnt orange color with moderate opacity. A lightly yellow-tinted head is an initial height of one finger and retention is good. It remains tight and creamy, even after it's receded to a strong foam. That remaining head never diminishes and leaves patching in good quantity.
The smell that first comes out of the glass is dank and herbal, and reminds me of a certain illicit substance to which hops are related. As it sits, more floral and pithy notes come out. Malts do a good job of balancing with some caramel and toast. It alternates in strength with each sniff I take.
Hops are in the forefront, a bit of juicy citrus alongside some pine. There's definitely some bitter citrus zest also, and a little pith rides into the finish.
There's a crispness that starts off with a little bit of a bite but fades off as it goes. The body is medium but thins out a little. A touch of a metallic note, not dissimilar from what might be found in an English style, lies underneath. (1,001 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like faint citrus with copper hops and caramel malt.
T: It tasted like bitter citrus and resin hops, with some sweet honey and melon malt. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Weak body.
D: This was a good west coast IPA with solid taste, but only decent scent and body. The finish was pretty smooth, so it was easy to drink. Nothing special, but not bad at all. (471 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Consumed 6/21/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving this bottle to me, for absolutely no reason

Appearance: Somewhere between dark gold and light copper from a distance, some yellow and orange when held to the light - very clear - pours with an average-sized, bright white head, fades to a cap, leaves minor lacing

Smell: Unexpectedly mild overall - floral and spicy hops with some caramel malts - floral citrus, lightly oily citrus rinds - some hints of pine, too - grassy, leafy, lightly spicy - perfume-like at times - pale and caramel malts

Taste: Similarly mild, with leafy hops - leafy, almost grassy, lightly spicy - kind of a generic hop flavor, doesn't really impart a ton of citrus or pine - some juicy orange, and oily grapefruit, though - some pine needles - medium level of bitterness - pale malts, lightly cooked caramel malts, and some overall graininess

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely dry, nicely carbonated, very drinkable

Overall: Hoppadequate

This isn't bad by any measure, but it doesn't really stand out. I'm not going to bash it for not being very hoppy (not all IPAs have to be), but I can think of about a dozen APAs that have a more complex, more interesting hop profile. This is worth drinking, and I'd certainly drink another free bottle, but I wouldn't trade for it. (1,301 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a HUGE, dense, resiny head that laces nicely. Bright, pine hop aroma. Nice, amber-straw color. Starts off quite bitter with notes of piney grapefruit, and a slightly citric nature. Builds into a hop resin bitterness that is low-high. In the finish, the hops subside into a nice citric nature where a touch of sweet malt shines through.

I like this one. It is quite hoppy and bitter, but it's not overwhelmingly or unpleasantly bitter. It's just bitter enough to be pleasing and satisfying. A very, very nice IPA. (519 characters)

Photo of m_p_snyder
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my first sampling of Foothills Brewery. I was not disappointed. The color was bright copper. The smell had a wonderful amount of hoppiness. The taste had an excellent balance of strong hoppy bitterness, orange peal, with a bit of coriander. The carbonation was spot on by making this brew highly drinkable. (315 characters)

Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
86 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.